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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Hannah Rule

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5975
Office: HUO 203
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
English Language and Literature


Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, University of Cincinnati
M.A., English, Michigan State University

Areas of Specialization 

    Rhetoric and Composition
    Composition pedagogy
    Writing process theory and methodology
    History of writing technologies

Recently Taught Courses 

ENGL 790      Survey of Composition Studies
ENGL 102H    Rhetoric and Composition
ENG 101H      Critical Reading and Composition
ENG 461        The Teaching of Writing
The Non-fiction Essay
Alternative Rhetorics
Modern English Grammar

Current Research Projects 

My current research focuses on writing processes, particularly how writing is physically enacted. I am interested in writing environments and technologies, neuroscientific conceptions of reading and writing, theories of embodiment, affect, and distributed cognition, as well as voice-to-text and other emerging writing technologies.  I’m currently working on a book project that observes and theorizes the material embodied nature of composing processes in the 21st century.

Selected Publications 

    “Rereading Romanticism, Rereading Expressivism: Revising ‘Voice’ through Wordworth’s Prefaces.” Roeder, Tara, & Gatto, Roseanne, eds. Critical Expressivism: Theory and Practice in the Composition Classroom. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2014. 201-217. Web. Print.

    "The Difficulties of Thinking Through Freewriting.” Composition Forum (Spring 2013)
    “Literacy in the Raw: Collecting, Sharing, and Circulating Graduate Literacy Narratives.”  With Allison Carr and Katherine T. Taylor. Computers and Composition Online (Fall 2012)         
    “Multimodality, Performance, and Teacher Training.” With Laura Micciche and Liv Stratman. Computers and Composition Online (Spring 2012)

Recent Presentations 

    “Hands to Keyboard: In Search of the Sensorium of Typing.” Preconference Workshop: “Show us your Stuff: Materializing Composing Processes.” With Laura Micciche and Cydney Alexis. Computers and Writing, University of Wisconsin-Stout (May 2015).
    “The Case for Romping: Questioning the Rhetoric of Distraction in Composing Processes.” College English Association (CEA) Conference, Indianapolis (March 2015).
    “Affective Responses to Computer Analysis of Student Revision.” With Chris Holcomb and Kevin Brock. Meeting in the Middle—Carolina Writing Program Administrators, UNC-Charlotte (Feb 2015).
    “Adventures with Siri and Dragon: Exploring the Possibilities of Voice-to-Text Composing.” Computer Connection @ CCCC Indianapolis (2014).
    “Dragon, Siri, and ‘Dick Tate’: Affective Relationships with Voice-Capture Technology." 21st Century Englishes, Bowling Green State University (2013).
    “Composing Assemblages: Toward a Theory of Material Embodied Process.” Charles Phelps Taft Research Center Annual Symposium, University of Cincinnati (2013).                           .
    “Picturing Literacy: Embodied Simulation and the Physicality of Writing.” Being Undisciplined: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, University of Cincinnati (2013).
    “Writing and Indebtedness.” MMLA (2012).
    "Reorienting Ourselves: A Mapping of Embodiment(s)." CCCC St. Louis (2012).